Glitzy amfAR raises $25 million, goes to space

CAP D’ANTIBES, France (AP) — With an apt rendition of “Gold-finger,” singing legend Shirley Bassey roused celebrity-revelers to dig deep into their pockets at the 20th amfAR gala in the Cap D’Antibes Thursday, helping to raise an estimated…

JC Chandor gains a Cannes hit with ‘All Is Lost’

CANNES, France (AP) — J.C. Chandor may just have saved someone’s life during an interview in Cannes. The director who put Robert Redford in a struggle for survival as a capsized sailor in “All Is Lost” is talking…

Actress Bynes accused of bong toss out NYC window

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say actress Amanda Bynes has been arrested in midtown Manhattan after she heaved a marijuana bong out of a window. It happened at an apartment building on West 47th Street at about 7:40…

WikiLeaks leaks ‘We Steal Secrets’ doc transcript

LOS ANGELES (AP) — WikiLeaks characterizes the new documentary, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” as biased and accuses its director, Alex Gibney of “errors and sleight of hand.” The publishing site released a statement Thursday announcing…

Warrant for rapper Tim Dog, despite death reports

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lack of a death certificate or of a burial site and sparse obituary information led to talk in hip-hop circles that rapper Tim Dog, who owes thousands of dollars to women he was convicted…

WWII historian taking on American Revolution

NEW YORK (AP) — An award-winning and best-selling World War II historian is turning to an older conflict for his next project: the American Revolution. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that Rick Atkinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer…

CBS up, ‘Idol’ down as traditional TV season ends

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS strengthened its dominance over the television industry this year at the same time that the unprecedented reign of “American Idol” came to a close. The traditional television season ended Wednesday. Though that marker…

Mary J. Blige faces $3.4M federal tax lien in NJ

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Mary J. Blige and her husband have been hit with a $3.4 million tax lien in New Jersey. Court documents show the Internal Revenue Service filed a notice of a lien on the nine-time…

New Victory Theater offers Bob Marley, Shakespeare

NEW YORK (AP) — A new musical featuring the songs of Bob Marley, the world premiere of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” by the innovative Fiasco Theater company and an Australian take on “Peter Pan” are among next…

Coen, Guirgis on tap at Atlantic Theater Company

NEW YORK (AP) — The world premiere of Ethan Coen’s first full-length stage play, a revival of “The Threepenny Opera” and a new play by Stephen Adly Guirgis will highlight the Atlantic Theater Company’s upcoming season. The company…

Singer Nick Carter to release memoir Sept. 24

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Carter isn’t only writing songs — he’s written a book. The Backstreet Boys singer will release a memoir, “Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It,” on Sept. 24 via Bird Street…

Payne back on the road with ‘Nebraska’ at Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Shooting the Midwest in monochrome came naturally for Alexander Payne in his father-son road trip “Nebraska.” Payne premiered his black-and-white follow-up to “The Descendants” on Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where the gentle…

Banned Iranian director Rasoulof coming to Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, whose movies are banned in his country and who has been sentenced to jail by the Islamic regime there, is coming to Cannes for a screening of his latest film,…

Rolling Stones exhibit opening in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Over the years, curators at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum have occasionally had trouble coaxing reluctant stars to help put together major exhibitions. Not so with members of The Rolling Stones,…

Newly found Pearl S. Buck book is to be published

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A newly discovered novel by the late Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck is to be released this fall. New York-based Open Road Integrated Media says Buck wrote the novel, “The Eternal Wonder,” shortly before…

Lea Michele has book scheduled for 2014 release

NEW YORK (AP) — Lea Michele has stories to share about the many auditions she has passed. The “Glee” actress has a deal with Harmony Books, a Random House Inc. imprint. Harmony Books announced Thursday that “Brunette Ambition”…

Singer Nick Carter to release memoir Sept. 24

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Carter isn’t only writing songs — he’s written a book. The Backstreet Boys singer will release a memoir, “Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It,” on Sept. 24 via Bird Street…

La Scala scales back on productions due to crisis

MILAN (AP) — La Scala has reduced the number of operas it will stage during the 2013-14 season due to Italy’s economic crisis, the theater’s general manager said Thursday. The program for next season announced by Stephane Lissner…

Cannes crime: 2nd jewel theft during film festival

PARIS (AP) — Thieves outsmarted 80 security guards in an exclusive French Riviera hotel and made off with a necklace that creators say is worth a staggering 2 million euros ($2.6 million) — in the second such jewelry…